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Bernie Sanders: You can call what I am doing today whatever you want, you it call it a filibuster, you can call it a very long speech. I'm not here to set any great records or to make a spectacle. I am simply here today to take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.
(from the Senate floor)
Saying he was prepared to speak "as long as possible" against a tax deal between the White House and congressional Republicans, Bernie today took to the Senate floor to make the case against deepening the deficit and widening the income gap in America by extending Bush-era tax breaks for the very wealthy.
As I hit send on this email right now at 4pm Eastern, Senator Bernie Sanders has been speaking for 6 hours -- becuase he knows he has your full support and stands on the side of the majority of Americans. Assuming that by the time you get this email, Bernie is still at it, you can watch him lead his unconventional filibuster live right now.
Bernie's message today is clear. You have the power to stop this bad deal.
Senator Sanders has received thousands of calls in his office against the compromise. He's spoken to other Senators and they are getting it too. Even better, they're listening. Now, on the Senate floor, Senator Sanders is calling on all Americans to turn it up -- don't stop -- keeping calling until we get a better deal.
But don't just focus on the Senate.
The U.S. House of Representatives needs to hear from you too. Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that House Democrats will not vote on the compromise without further changes and a better deal for working people, senior citizens, and the unemployed. But House Democrats are under great pressure to cave. They need to know we have their back. That's why we launched a "Thank You and Stand Strong" statement of support yesterday.
We've alerted the Speakers office of the overwhelming response we've had -- over 40,000 signatures in under 24 hours -- and it's already making an impact. But it's not enough. Can we hit 75,000 signatures before we deliver all the signatures on Monday?
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Our strategy is working. Democrats are standing up and fighting for real change. They are working to defend the middle class and restore fiscal sanity. And they are doing it, becuase they are standing up for us. You. Me. And every American. This is why we vote for, contribute to, and fully support progressive Democrats.
Thank you for everything you're doing to move America forward.
Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America
P.S. Because no one says it better than Bernie, I've included his message to DFA members from the beginning of the week below.
President Obama is right about one thing -- Republicans in Congress are holding the middle class hostage.
We have a $13.8 trillion national debt, a collapsing middle class and the most unequal distribution of wealth of any major country. With all this in mind, Republicans in Congress say they will block tax cuts to the middle class and block unemployment benefits to more than two million families unless the President gives huge tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.
Their behavior is morally bankrupt. It is reprehensible.
But instead of challenging the Republicans for their absurd demands and their outrageous tactics, the President gave them virtually everything they wanted.
I cannot and will not support this deal. I will do everything I can to uphold the promise made to the American people to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich.
Join me and my friends at Democracy for America today and sign our pledge calling on Congress to reject this deal.
One of the most underreported parts of this deal is a cut to the Social Security payroll tax. In just one year, over $120 billion of revenue will be cut from Social Security under the President's compromise plan, weakening the program and virtually guaranteeing benefit cuts in the future.
Make no mistake about it. Social Security has not added one dime to the national debt and this cut will only embolden Republican attempts to privatize the program and increase the age of retirement. Social Security is a vital safety net for all Americans and a cornerstone of our commitment to protect the middle class.
We are not alone in standing against this compromise. Republicans are holding the middle class hostage and the American people know it. I come from a small state and yesterday my office received more than 1,000 calls on this issue, with over 90% of them in opposition to this deal.
Last night, thousands of DFA members joined me on DFA Live where we had a lively discussion on this issue. One thing was clear to me during that call -- DFA members nationwide want Democrats to stop this deal and fight for the middle class, working people, senior citizens and the unemployed while making sure that millionaires and billionaires are not given massive tax breaks.
Make sure Congress gets the message -- Join the fight now and sign the petition opposing this so-called "compromise."
United States Senator from Vermont
Thank you, Sanders.
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